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We are an environmental science course at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, NJ, taught by Mrs. T. We'll be blogging about environmental issues all term, so please stay tuned!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Love Canal

The Love Canal was an environemntal disaster that occured in Niagara Falls, N.Y. A man named William T. Love, had an idea for a community that he wanted to create, a modern utopia. His idea was to make a canal between the upper and lower Niagara Rivers, so that power could be less expensive. At that time the economy was not at a stable time, and so he lost the monatery aid from people. The Hooker chemical company, then bought the canal area and used it to dump many chemicals. After some time they decided to sell the area to the board of education for one dollar. One day, the people living in the Love Canal community, noticed substances in their yards and strange odors. That was a result of the chemicals coming out from the clay that the city put to cover those substances. From the chemicals being released into the air, many women had miscarriages and babies were born with defects.    

Monday, March 23, 2015

9/11 was happened on September 11, 2001.19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist al -Qaeda hijacked four airlines and carried out suicide attack against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the Word Trade center in the York city,a third hit the pentagon just out the Washington D.C,and the forth plane crashed in the field in Pennsylvania.Over 3000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington D.C including more than 100 police officer and fire fighter more than 6000 were injured.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tyrell Gumbs-Frater Lac-Megantic Railroad Disaster

The Lac-Megantic railroad disaster was a very serious event that occurred in Quebec Canada at about 1:15 in the morning.It started as a technical difficulties with the breaks of the train. When the train caught fire the fire fighter distinguished the train and shut off its locomotives causing the breaks to be two weak to support the train. The train then rolled in to the city causing it to escalate to a much more serious situation. Six million liters of crude oil was released immediately into the town of Lac-Megantic. This event cause 47 people to die and also caused as much as 2000 people to be forced out of their homes due to crude oil contamination. There were many lawsuits for the families of those effected in this situation. However hopefully knowledge was gained from this situation and their will be no more incidents like it in the future.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier national park is one of the most beautiful national parks in all of the United States. Mount Rainier national park is located in the west coast, in the state of Washington. Mount Rainier became a national park on March 2nd, 1899. Mount Rainier was only the fifth park to become a national park in United States history. The interesting part of Mount Rainier is the fact that it was the first national park to be created from a complete forest. Mount Rainier is also a mountain that is famous and well known. Mount Rainier stands at 14,111 feet and is a stratovolcano. What's great about Mount Rainier is that many hikers use amount Rainier as a training ground for when they go and hike Mount Everest. Mount Rainier is only half the size of Mount Everest. Mount Rainier is also considered to be one of the most dangerous mountains in the world because of the amount of glacier ice there is on top of the mountain. If the glacier ice melts, it can come to be water and flood rivers, trails, and roads that are located near. Mount Rainier national park is also known for having various plants and animals. After doing my presentation and research on Mount Rainier National Park, it made me want to one day visit and see the beautiful park with my own eyes.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Banff National Park

    Banff National is the most famous park in Canada. Canada has many natural resources and you can get a sample of all of our natural resources in one stop. Banff became a national park in 1833, it was discovered by 3 railroad workers.This park is special because the Canadian part of the Rocky Mountains runs through the park. Banff is also special because it has many glacier fed lakes meaning that the water is fresh water. The weather in the mountains is generally cold in the summer months it ranges from 22 degrees Celsius to -2 degrees Celsius. In the fall months it ranges from 8 degrees to -22 degrees. In the winter the weather can be from -5 degrees to -55 degrees. Other than the cold weather, the parks beauty is one of a kind and i would personally would like to visit Canada's first National park.

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Cuyahoga River Fire Disaster

Imagine waking up on a regular hot summer morning for your routine jogging exercise and smelling burnt diesel fuel mixed with smoke as the stench pollutes your home. You exit your house and see the most frightening and jaw-dropping sights that would give war veterans recurring episodes of Post Traumatic Stress. Your city’s river is on fire!! Not only that, there is bellowing smoke that’s reaching over 350 feet in the air and spreading it’s toxic fumes everywhere within a 5 block radius of the river! The event looked very similar to the 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack and even more so like the Battle of Blackwater episode in Game of Thrones when Lord Stannis’ fleet is destroyed by the green flamed “Wildfire”.

That is what most people had to experience the morning of June 22, 1969 in Cleveland, OH. The reasons why the river was set ablaze dates back to the Industrial Revolution. Since the 1870’s the Cuyahoga River has been a waste dumping ground for industrial factories. Many hazardous waste and chemicals have accumulated in the river which severely dropped the biodiversity in the river. The river was set on fire by sparks from a nearby train as it applied its brakes. The blaze lasted 3 hours and caused 1.1 million dollars in property damage. However, the ‘69 fire wasn’t the first time the river was set ablaze. Before hand, since the 1870’s there has been 13 fires on the Cuyahoga River but the 1969 fire received nationwide attention thanks to Time magazine.

This put severe stress on Cleveland’s mayor, Carl Stokes, who asked his brother, Louis a US Representative,  to help pass the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Great Lakes Quality Agreement Act which both helped maintain the preservation of all bodies of water in the Great Lakes area. Since then the Cuyahoga River is now crystal clear, drinkable and home to more than 60 different species of fish.